Hint: You Have To Get Control of the Light
TAGS: Home Theater Design | Lighting Control | Lutron | Media Room Design | Motorized Shades
To get the most out of a home theater or media room, you need to get a lot of details right. It’s not just about the speakers. It’s not just about the AV receiver and amplifiers. It's not just about the seating and the décor. It's not all about the projector and the size of the screen. Yes, all those things are essential and important, but other details are sometimes overlooked, and failure to address them can lead to a subpar experience no matter how much you spend on the aforementioned areas.
What are we talking about? It’s taking control of the light. Just as a light shining in the wrong area, a screen with a reflection, or a dim picture would ruin a movie experience in a commercial theater, it can also happen in yours. Moreover, you don't always have the luxury of designing a room specifically for a home theater, so you will need to contend with windows and lighting as the room may have other uses.
The good news is that with the right attention to detail, in the choice of lighting, screens, projectors, colors, and materials, you can optimize your Plano home theater installation, even if the room isn’t optimal. Read on to see how the right choices can help you master the light in your home theater.
Lutron Smart Shades Let You Expertly Manage Natural Light With Style
TAGS: Lighting Control | Lutron | Motorized Shades | Smart Home Design
Here in Dallas, we can be chilly in the winter and quite hot in the summer. On a cold but brilliantly sunny winter day, you might just want the sun to shine through all day. In the height of the Texas summer in August, you might want to keep those shades down and keep the load off on the air conditioning system – at least until sunset. If the day varies, you might want to adjust accordingly – on an overcast day, open it up to get as much natural light as you can, or just enjoy the rain if that's what's on tap for the weather.
It used to be that to get automated window treatments that you could open and close at a touch of a button, you’d have to invest in a very customized solution. Even then, you might have been limited in style choices for your home. Fortunately, those days are in the past. Today’s motorized smart shading solutions offer a wide array of styles to fit almost any décor.
Lutron is a company we partner with for lighting control systems, and they are well known for their solutions in that space. What some people don’t associate Lutron with is shading. As a company, Lutron is devoted to the management of light, both natural and artificial, in both residential and commercial settings. The company has significantly expanded its shading offerings in the past several years and has a variety of solutions that are an excellent fit for most homes.
If you thought motorized shades might be a great addition to your Dallas home - but didn’t think they would fit your style – it’s time to take a closer look at Lutron shade solutions.
Control4 Orchestrates Smart Home Control
TAGS: Control4 | Lighting Control | Smart Home Automation | Whole Home Audio
Smart devices are everywhere. Smart locks, smart doorbells, smart cameras, smart lights, smart thermostats – the list goes on. Chances are you have one or more of them. Some of these devices work well together. For example, if you have an Amazon Echo speaker and use Alexa voice control, some lights will work with it – but not all. Similarly, you may find a device or two that works with Apple Homekit, but they are limited. Some smart cameras work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, but some only work with one of them.
One of the frustrations with smart home devices and automation is getting everything to work well together. While it’s a benefit to have a smartphone app and perhaps voice control over a function like smart lights, you ultimately will want a system that can tie them all together and do more sophisticated things.
What do we mean by sophisticated? Think about linking together smart lights, a smart thermostat, and motorized shades for more intelligent control over the interior environment, increasing comfort and saving on energy too. Or perhaps setting a scene for entertaining that manages the lights, audio, and interior temperature to just the right settings for your guests.
A system like Control4 can help you accomplish just that. And it also works with many of the most popular consumer smart home devices too. Read on to find out how Control4 smart home automation can orchestrate all of your smart devices in Frisco.
Show Off Your Pool and Landscape with Innovative LED Lights
TAGS: Landscape Lighting | Lighting Control | Lighting Design
In photography, controlling light is paramount. After all, with both film and digital photography, it’s all about how light is captured. In the same way that professional photographers deftly manage light in order to make a shot look its absolute best, the right lighting can also add a touch of drama to your home.
With our relatively warm climate in Texas even in the colder months, our outdoor spaces can be used almost year-round. The pool may be cold, but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our outdoor fireplace or pit, enjoying a nightcap with friends in the cool night air. Since you spend lots of time, effort, and expenses on maintaining your landscape, why not use lighting to add an effect at night?
Read on for some ideas on how to use innovative and efficient LED lighting to show off your Preston Hollow outdoor spaces in the best light.